Archstone Foundation (Long Beach, CA)
Archstone Foundation approved two emergency response grants totaling $100,000 to address immediate needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. One grant was in response to needs in skilled nursing homes and congregate care settings across California; the other supports Adult Day Services providers, participants, and caregivers.
- Alliance for Leadership and Education (ALE)—to assist Adult Day Services providers, participants, and caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. ALE provides guidance and information about adult day services to the public and policymakers through its partnership with the California Association for Adult Day Services. ($50,000)
- LeadingAge California Foundation—to address immediate needs related to COVID-19 in Skilled Nursing Facilities and congregate settings across California by assuring that Personal Protective Equipment and training is distributed across diverse provider organizations and advocacy efforts achieve the greatest visibility. ($50,000)
Contact: Jolene Fassbinder at email@example.com.
CDC Foundation (Atlanta, GA)
The CDC Foundation and the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) at Morehouse School of Medicine will partner to address the health equity implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the United States, preliminary data has demonstrated that racial and ethnic minority groups are disproportionately impacted by the disease. To date, it has been challenging to consistently collect demographic data on COVID-19 cases, including for race and ethnicity. As such, efforts to advance health equity are hindered by under-reporting of data on racial/ethnic minorities, socioeconomic status, disability or mental health status, and other disparity markers of at-risk populations.
To combat this issue, the SHLI and the CDC Foundation will establish a Health Equity Task Force (HETF) devoted to monitoring and assessing the disparate impacts on vulnerable populations, including, but not limited to racial/ethnic minorities, people living with disabilities, and those of lower socioeconomic status. A COVID-19 data consortium will be created to ensure the standardization of COVID-19 data at the national, state and local level. There are four key components to this program.
- Working with Google.org, the HETF will establish a multisector data consortium devoted to COVID-19 impact on vulnerable populations and provide summary data to understand select geographic, racial and socio-economic disparities, and social determinants of health at the individual, county, state, and national levels.
- Develop standardized, evidence-based best practices for developing socio-culturally responsive resources and provide technical assistance to local and state health organizations to improve their COVID-19 responses, data collection, reporting, planning, mitigation strategies, screening and contact tracing.
- Analyze jurisdictional policies, which either exacerbate or alleviate COVID-19 outcomes, related to testing, contact tracing, resource allocation/management and jurisdictions’ response and mitigation strategies and overall implications for health equity for populations.
- Understand the mental/behavioral health equity impact of COVID-19.
Disparities in health outcomes for vulnerable populations have been present for many years. Minority groups suffer from higher rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma, obesity, and other conditions that make them more susceptible to the effects of COVID-19. This initiative will help to examine the disparate nature of this pandemic and other diseases with solutions and implications towards equitable outcomes.
Contact: Amy Tolchinsky at 404.523.3486 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Con Alma Health Foundation (Santa Fe, NM)
Con Alma Health Foundation will distribute funds to New Mexico nonprofits that are providing basic needs, including health care, food distribution, emergency housing and financial aid, to people most impacted by COVID-19. It will award grants on an expedited, rolling basis to help vulnerable populations receive the care and support they need. Grants will range from $7,500 to $20,000.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded a $1 million grant to Con Alma Health Foundation as part of its $50 million humanitarian aid to support families and communities experiencing the greatest strain under the COVID-19 health emergency.
In addition to the grant awards to nonprofits, Con Alma will collaborate with the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership, an initiative at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, to collaborate with others working on COVID-19 recovery efforts to:
- Leverage resources
- Prevent duplication of efforts and services
- Identify and address underserved needs
- Create a plan for the equitable recovery from COVID-19 that focuses on long-term policy and system change strategies that address health disparities and advance health equity
For the application and guidelines, click here.
Delta Dental Plans Association (Oak Brook, IL)
Delta Dental Plans Association announced that Delta Dental companies continue to launch a wide range of programs and funding initiatives across the country in response to the COVID-19 outbreak to support America’s oral health and overall health.
To ensure continued access to oral health care and address health care disparities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Delta Dental companies are engaged in a variety of support efforts. These efforts, which meet the unique needs of each community, include providing critical funding for community health centers, safety-net dental clinics, nonprofits focused on health and wellness, and food banks. Delta Dental’s commitment to community resiliency also includes support to ensure that dental offices, many of which are small businesses, can continue to safely deliver oral health care as offices reopen for non-emergency services across the country.
To date, Delta Dental companies have committed more than $385 million to these types of community and public health efforts and continue to develop innovative and impactful ways to support and serve during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Episcopal Health Foundation (Austin, TX)
Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) awarded $1.3 million in grants to 32 nonprofit clinics and other organizations that are serving at-risk communities in Texas on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with the first round of funding announced in May, EHF’s grant investment for COVID-19 now totals more than $3 million. Grant funding is just one part of the foundation’s $10 million comprehensive plan to address the crisis across the state.
EHF’s second round of COVID-19 grants include:
- El Centro de Corazon ($85,000)
- HOPE Clinic ($85,000)
- People’s Community Clinic ($85,000)
- Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast ($75,000)
- Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas ($15,000)
- Paul Children’s Foundation ($50,000)
- Tejas Health Care ($50,000)
- The Rose ($50,000)
Early Childhood Brain Development
- Mama Sana Vibrant Woman ($25,000)
- Partners in Parenting ($22,320)
- Rupani Foundation ($12,000)
Enrollment and Benefits Assistance
- Casa Marianella ($70,000)
- Every Texan ($15,000)
- North Pasadena Community Outreach ($56,062)
- SEARCH Homeless Services ($70,000)
Mental and Behavioral Health
- Andrews Center ($50,000)
- Family Service Center ($25,000)
- Integral Care ($30,000)
- Mental Health America of Greater Houston ($25,000)
- Network of Behavioral Health Providers, Inc. ($25,000)
- Texana Center ($25,000)
Raising Community Voice
- Avenue Community Development Corporation ($25,500)
- Communities for Better Health ($30,580)
- Gulf Coast Leadership Council ($61,300)
- The Immunization Partnership ($30,000)
- Neighborhood Recovery Community Development Corporation ($18,000)
- Texas Organizing Project Education Fund ($20,000)
- Young Invincibles ($50,000)
- BakerRipley ($32,000)
- Children’s Defense Fund ($25,000)
- Northeast Texas Public Health District ($40,000)
- The Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy ($40,000)
Contact: Brian Sasser at 832.795.9404 or email@example.com.
John A. Hartford Foundation (New York, NY)
The John A. Hartford Foundation approved funding for eight grants totaling $4,534,763 to address COVID-19 in nursing homes, spread age-friendly care, support family caregivers, and increase access to serious illness care. Two urgent response grants were authorized earlier this spring to protect nursing home residents and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. An additional six grants were approved in June.
Urgent Response Grants
- Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)—to support its COVID-19 Rapid Response Network for Nursing Homes, which aims to reduce COVID-19 infections, deaths, and other harms among nursing home residents. ($299,010)
- National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM)—to examine how the United States delivers, regulates, finances, and measures the quality and safety of nursing homes, with special emphasis on challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic, NASEM is establishing a nursing home study. (Up to $1.2 million for 18 months)
Grants Approved in June
- Center for Health Care Strategies—to support the scale, spread, and execution of state actions that strengthen policies and programs to support family caregivers. ($460,468 for two years)
- National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine—to improve the health of people as they age by stimulating transformative and scalable innovations through co-funding of the National Academy of Medicine Healthy Longevity Global Competition. ($150,000 for two years)
- National Academy for State Health Policy—to improve the care of seriously ill older adults by engaging state leaders in focused activities aimed at improving access and quality of palliative care services. ($537,428 for two years)
- Project Hope—to continue the foundation’s partnership with Health Affairs to advance best practices in the care of older adults and showcase aging and health policy issues as central to the national health care dialogue. ($520,190 for two years)
- Twin Cities Public Television—to prepare younger and older adults to prepare for aging through outreach and community-based activities including distributing a documentary film. ($356,700)
- University of California, San Francisco—to assess implementation of the Age-Friendly Health Systems 4Ms framework and identify barriers and evidence of impact in four health systems: University of California, San Francisco; University of Utah; Providence; and Anne Arundel Medical Center. ($1,010,967 for two years)
Contact: Clare Churchouse at 212.324.7480 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healthcare Initiative Foundation (Germantown, MD)
The Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF) will invest in the Greater Washington Community Foundation’s ‘Neighbors in Dire Need Montgomery’ Campaign and Care For Your Health’s telehealth expansion.
Neighbors in Need Montgomery was initiated in 2008 in response to the economic hardships wrought by the Great Recession. And now, the Neighbors in Dire Need Montgomery Campaign is poised to provide direct emergency cash assistance to 680 individuals and their households who have been directly impacted by COVID-19. This effort will complement the efforts of the Montgomery County’s Emergency Assistance Relief Program’s investment in COVID-19 cash assistance to families. This is a public-private partnership to coordinate and prevent the duplication of resources and assistance while ensuring a deep reach into the community. HIF’s investment of $25,000 will provide approximately $1,000 of relief to an estimated 25 households and 100 individuals.
Care For Your Health (C4YH) is a Montgomery County-based nonprofit committed to multicultural health care to the elder community, primarily within their homes. t believes that access to high-quality health care is a fundamental human right and that seniors thrive when they age in place. C4YH has expanded its home-based and telehealth model to serve adults impacted by COVID-19. During this period the number of uninsured patients they have served has increased by 370 percent and the total number of patients served has increased by 114 percent. This investment of $5,000 will allow C4YH to extend service hours and allow for more telehealth access and follow-up for 400 patients tested for COVID-19.
Contact: Jessica Fuchs at 240.499.2827 or email@example.com.
Kresge Foundation (Detroit, MI)
The Kresge Foundation announced a third round of COVID-related grantmaking commitments to support national and place-based nonprofit organizations that provide vital services and support to communities hit hardest by the pandemic. Since April, Kresge has granted an estimated $9.2 million to equip national and local nonprofit and government organizations with the resources required to meet the challenges of this unprecedented moment.
These new grants, an estimated $1.6 million in total, provides funding to the following organizations:
- Association of Chamber of Commerce Foundation—to support local chambers of commerce to advance Urban Higher Education Ecosystems as key economic recovery drivers in the wake of COVID-19. ($360,000)
- Citizen Detroit—to develop and execute a civic engagement strategy in Detroit, Michigan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ($75,000)
- The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan—to support the Everybody VS COVID-19 digital unity festival as well as to elevate the importance of filling out the 2020 Census and to provide greater access to City of Detroit COVID-19 pandemic resources. ($30,000)
- DAISA Enterprises—to support field-building strategies for Equitable Food Oriented Development, a community-driven model for food systems reform that is especially needed in the COVID era. ($550,000)
- Eastern Market Corp.—to support renovations and improvements to facilities for immediate and longer-term food security challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. ($100,000)
- Foundation for Louisiana—to support the Louisiana Fund for COVID-19 Relief, which aims to lessen the negative impacts of COVID-19 by addressing lost wages, child care expenses, medical expenses, adequate medical care, and protections for people who are incarcerated. ($120,000)
- The Graduate! Network—to support efforts to re-enroll and graduate the 36 million students, who have some college credit but no degree in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. ($180,000)
- Progress Michigan Education—to build the capacity of Rising Voices of Asian American Families, which seeks to increase the civic participation of Asian American women and families in Southeast Michigan. ($25,000)
- Tides Center—to bolster efforts of Detroit Action, which seeks to conduct civic engagement and voter education of the housing insecure and low-wage workers of color in Southeastern Michigan while also providing immediate aid for these communities who have been impacted by COVID-19. ($25,000)
- UNITE-LA—to continue convening and partnering with Los Angeles’ cradle-to-career institutions, as the community responds to COVID-19. ($180,000)
Kresge is also providing supplemental financial support in new grant amendments—totaling nearly $780,000—to help organizations meet the monumental challenges presented by the pandemic:
- AS220—to continue its efforts to support staff, operations, and project artists, along with providing a 12-month extension during the COVID-19 pandemic. ($80,000)
- Anthropocene Alliance—to implement Recovery Gardens in 11 communities of color to support COVID-19 response. ($15,000)
- Environmental Community Action—to purchase materials, supplies, and videographer services to transform its environmental education and advocacy training program into an online course. ($6,500)
- Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History—to support the final production of the iDetroit publication and its accompanying public event, which have experienced increased production costs as a result of COVID-19. ($100,000)
- The Greater New Orleans Foundation—for the Water Wise Gulf South project’s additional technology needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ($12,000)
- Michigan College Access Network—to enable the Detroit College Access Network to expand its partnership with GetSchooled to provide additional college advising support for current high school students whose pathways to college have been disrupted by COVID-19. ($100,000)
- The Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance—to improve website functionality to support Community Health Worker virtual training and to repurpose funds currently allocated for travel support. ($15,500)
- New Venture Fund—to support the Funders for Housing and Opportunity’s pooled grantmaking fund, Elevating What Works, which has pivoted to being a COVID-response fund. ($250,000)
- PolicyLink—to allow for the retention of its Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development team and continue an artist-in-residence project with New Orleans spoken word artist, Quess. ($100,000)
- Southeast Sustainability Directors Network—to support staff to manage and deploy implementation funds for capacity-building activities related to equity, sustainability, and resilience and staff time to work with members to identify previously planned activities that need to pivot due COVID-19. ($100,000)
For more about Kresge’s COVID-19 pandemic response, click here.
New York Community Trust (New York, NY)
The New York Community Trust announced $7.8 million in grants to 52 groups, including many to help New Yorkers most affected by COVID-19. While the pandemic has affected the entire city, many of these grants focus on helping young people, older adults, and communities of color as they deal with its ongoing economic consequences, social distancing, and the challenges of navigating the child welfare system and other overwhelmed bureaucracies.
Below is a list of the Trust’s recent health-related grants:
- City Harvest—to expand its distribution network so it can deliver food to the estimated 2 million New Yorkers struggling with hunger. ($400,000)
- Coalition for Behavioral Health—to help its member agencies strengthen their capacity to serve low-income New Yorkers against a backdrop of new pandemic-related challenges. ($150,000)
- Circle—to help LGBTQ seniors, mostly low-income and African American, get health and social services. ($65,000)
- Montefiore Medical Center—to integrate primary care into its behavioral health settings. ($200,000)
- National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control—to gather data on COVID-19 patients in New York City to inform national treatment protocols. ($200,000)
- Primary Care Development Corporation—to help primary care practices and small health centers serving poor neighborhoods adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic. ($200,000)
- Public Health Solutions—to create a test program to help older adults transition to living at home, including meal provision, after hospital stays. ($150,000)
- Service Program for Older People—to provide more access to culturally appropriate behavioral health services, particularly for poor and immigrant LGBTQ seniors. ($75,000)
Contact: Marty Lipp at 917.774.8159 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York State Health Foundation (New York, NY)
The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) committed an additional $3 million in funding to support COVID-19 response and relief efforts throughout New York State, bringing its total investment to $5 million. NYSHealth’s grants will support services and programs to meet the needs of some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers. The foundation will also work to address certain statewide needs; for example, a grant to the New York State Association of County Health Officers will provide additional resources to local public health departments, which provide critical services like public health messaging, surveillance, testing, and contact tracing.
A sampling of newly approved grants include:
- AdkAction—to distribute emergency food packages that contain one week’s worth of healthy meals which is purchased from local farms and delivered using paid local labor, including furloughed food industry workers.
- The Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services—to expand and sustain primary care and behavioral health telehealth services for criminal justice-involved youth and adults with mental illness at its East Harlem clinic, including individuals recently released as a result of the pandemic.
- Foodlink—to get high-quality, fresh produce to residents in need. Its curbside market also enables residents to use WIC, SNAP, and other incentive programs to purchase fresh food.
- Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital—to rapidly expand an existing peer support network in Central New York that combats distress and burnout among clinicians. Bassett will accelerate the program’s statewide spread and train an additional 200 physician peer supporters.
- The Mission Continues—to combat social isolation and mental health issues among veterans. It is working with New York City’s Mission: VetCheck program to provide “buddy checks” and connect veterans to vital services.
- University Settlement, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, and Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility—to quickly move to virtual and telephone operations to continue case management, wellness checks, nursing triage, and the remote preparation of medical advance directives, as well as providing necessary in-person deliveries of meals, medications, and other supplies.
This newly authorized $3 million in grants complements the foundation’s initial $2 million investment in COVID-19 relief and response efforts, which included contributions to numerous regional response funds, as well as support for statewide and local efforts to address emerging health care and public health needs.
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North Carolina Healthcare Foundation (Cary, NC)
Grants will be distributed to 19 organizations statewide through the North Carolina Healthcare Foundation’s COVID-19 Fill the Gap Response Fund. The grants, totaling $1.6 million, will assist people and places disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, including people of color, frontline essential workers, and rural communities.
Grant recipients include:
- Benson Health Farmworker Outreach—for an outreach program transition from a clinic-based health care model to a mobile model of providing primary care and COVID-19 testing to seasonal farmworkers.
- Black River Health Services and Manos Unidas—to disseminate culturally sensitive educational information, critical first aid and hygienic supplies so farmworkers can take steps to protect their health and understand how to self-monitor any symptoms and protect themselves, their families, and communities.
- Boys & Girls Club of the Albemarle—to expand Youth Connect, in which a licensed clinical social worker provides counseling and clinical case management services to young people to address stress and isolation related to COVID-19.
- Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central North Carolina—to provide hot, healthy dinners to youth ages 5 to18 at club locations in Oxford, Henderson, and Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
- Camino Community Development Corp.—to support staff and provide scholarships to help patients pay for their clinic visits.
- Cape Fear Valley Health System—to help essential frontline workers in five counties with behavioral health services and assist underserved patients being discharged from hospitals with medication, medical equipment, and transportation.
- Clay County NC Emergency Medical Services—to educate, equip, and enhance the paramedic response team, allowing for greater access to health care for vulnerable, underserved and uninsured populations, while reducing long-term EMS call volume and undue burden on local Emergency Departments.
- Elizabeth City State University—to reduce disparate impacts of COVID-19 on African-Americans through health promotion efforts in 21 rural counties.
- Heartwood Refuge—to support agencies that serve migrant workers with providing basic needs such as beds, linen, food, medicine, and urgent health care.
- Hinton Rural Life Center—to equip vulnerable neighbors with resources to help their physical and mental well-being.
- Hispanic Liaison of Chatham County—to open a satellite office in Lee County, North Carolina and expand advocacy, community education, and outreach efforts to protect the rights of poultry processing workers and ensure the community has access to emergency assistance.
- House of Mercy—to support essential frontline workers and underserved populations, including people living with HIV who are uninsured, lack access to health care, and are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
- Iredell Memorial Hospital- Iredell Physician Network—to support video visits and remote monitoring of patients in rural areas who have one or more comorbidity and who are at increased risk of complications if they contract COVID-19.
- Lutheran Services Carolinas—to provide food and household basics to frontline workers caring for older adults living in its senior care communities.
- NC Farmworkers Project—to outfit a medical mobile unit as a mobile hotspot for farmworker housing sites, ensuring better access to telehealth appointments, since many farmworkers lack internet access or good cell phone service.
- Neighbors in Ministry/Rise & Shine—to feed 75 to 125 families weekly for up to six months.
- Pisgah Legal Services—to provide free civil legal services and advocacy to low-income people in Western North Carolina affected by COVID-19, focusing on rural and underserved communities.
- Refugee Community Partnership—to assist non-English speaking refugee and immigrant communities in Orange, Durham, Chatham, and Alamance counties in North Carolina with COVID-19 related health and safety information and help them access services.
- Southeastern Health—for a mobile care model to use audiovisual technology to connect patients to specialty care and patient education.
Contact: Cynthia Charles at 919.677.4223 or email@example.com.
The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation (Pottstown, PA)
The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation (PAHWF) launched a new fund that will allow members of the community to make a difference by contributing towards causes they care about the most, including social services, food insecurity, economic development, and education. The Foundation’s board approved a total of $100,000 towards establishing The COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund for Social Service and Micro Business at PAHWF. Taken together with recent community contributions, the board’s action marks a total commitment of $235,000 toward the goal of ensuring that the needs of the Tri-County community are met during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The dual nature of the Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund will bring resources to nonprofits that meet the needs of the area’s most vulnerable residents while also helping to establish a strong economic base for the region’s recovery.
Grants from the fund will focus on programs that will have an immediate impact on the community. Priorities include nonprofits serving the most vulnerable in our community, those with increased service demand, and those providing basic necessities.
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Contact: John Robertson at 540.817.8219 or firstname.lastname@example.org.